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UPD2 Freighter BLUE SKY M with 400-700 migrants sends distress signal; suspected armed people on board

Freighter BLUE SKY M has reportedly sent a distress signal due to suspected armed people on board. The latest position of the freighter was 3 nautical miles south of the island of Othonoi in the North-West of the island of Corfu in the Ioanian Sea and within Greek territorial waters. …

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Crete: 17-month old migrant baby girl survives 4 days in the sea in the arms of rescuer, 19

It sounds unbelievable. A 17-month old baby girl survived four days among the waves of the Mediterranean Sea after the boat carrying her parents and several hundreds migrants from Syria sank between Crete and Malta. The testimony of her rescuer Doa Al Zamel, 19, is creepy. Nearly 500 migrants form …

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Samos: Human trafficker throws migrants into the sea

A new tragedy with illegal migrants was averted in the last minute,  after a human trafficker told to 24 people to jump into the sea in order to be rescued by the Greek coast guard. Tweny two men and two women were rescued by a boat of the Greek coastguard. …

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22 migrants drown when boat sinks off-shore of Samos

At least 22 migrants were drown off shore of the island of Samos when the boat carrying them to Greece sank. Among the victims are four children, six men and twelve women – some of them pregnant, others holding their children in their arms. The incident occurred in the early …

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AI urges EU to sanction Greece for its refugees and migrants practices

“The European Union  must sanction Greece for its widespread practice of pushing back refugees and migrants,” said Amnesty International in its “Greece: Frontier of hope and fear”” published on Tuesday. According to AI, with this practice Greece violates its international human rights obligations and urges the EU to use its …

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Crete: 331 human fates loaded on a fishing boat wreck

I guess that’s what we call  “A picture is worth one thousand words”. Three hundred thirty one people, among them more than one hundred women and children, all loaded on a boat wreck. Three hundred thirty one people in search of a better life – no matter what the risks …

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Mytilini: At least 7 migrants drowned when boat capsized

At least seven migrants, among them two children, were drowned when the boat trying to carry them illegally to Greece capsized off the island of Mytilini in the early morning hours of Tuesday. While a search and rescue operation is under way, there are fears that the number of dead …

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3 people injured after Greek Coast Guard fires warning shots at boat with illegal migrants

Three undocumented migrants are currently undergoing treatment in Skylitsio hospital on the island of Chios, after suffering injuries when Greek Coast Guard fired warning shots at a boat carrying illegal migrants to Greece. According to local media, the injured are a woman at her 20’s, a middle-aged man and a …

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Farmakonisi Tragedy: 45 SYRIZA-members detained during protest at Maritime Minister’s office

Forty-five mostly students, members of left-wing SYRIZA youth section have been detained during a protest at the office of maritime Minister Miltiadis Varvitiotis on Thursday morning. While the protesters blame the police for ‘attacking them without reason’, reporters and also a SYRIZA lawmaker and the mayor of Komotini claim that …

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Crete: kicks and punches against Pakistani workers

Kicks and punches were the answer of two animal breeders to their workers when they refused to return to work. According to local prismanews.gr, the five Pakistani migrants refused to work because of their religious holiday but also due to outstanding wages. The father and the son beat the workers, …

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UPD Channel 4: Greek student films the true face of Golden Dawn

National Film and Television student Konstantinos Georgousis spent a month in summer 2012 filming members of extreme-right party Golden Dawn – wandering through the streets of Athens, harassing migrants. The result is shocking. So shocking that I refuse to display the video footage here. Speaking to UK Channel 4 News about …

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Lesvos: Tragedy offshore with at least 20 dead migrants

Greek coast guards are still in search of  four children, two women and one man, all passengers of the fatal boat that capsized off shore Thermi area on the island of Lesvos causing the death of at least 28 people.  So far coast guards have retrieved the bodies of 20 men either from the sea or …

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Greece freezes citizenship to migrants – Decision fuels upheaval among gov’t partners

 Greece suspended citizenship applications by migrants on Friday with a circular issued by Alternate Interior Ministry. The circular comes two weeks after  Prime Minister Antonis Samaras gave orders to immediately scrap the migrant citizenship law and asked the Minister of Interior to work out a new draft that will comply with the …

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Komotini: 4 Policemen Injured, 50 Migrants Detained During Revolt in Detention Centre

Four police officers were injured and 50 migrants were detained during clashes in in Komotini detention centre, in North Eastern Greece. Some 400 migrants revolted over poor living conditions. Greek media report that the revolt started during a blessing ceremony of police academy students. Here is to note that the detention centre hosting …

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